Up until my wife signed me up for Welding for Art through Truckee Meadows Community College I had no real hobbies or artistic interests. Through the Welding for Art program, I met a fellow student who was working with copper and became very interested in this media. I found it more interesting than regular steel. I have loved copper since I began collecting real pennies at the age of 5. Copper is rich, warm and sensual as a metal. Copper is 29th on the periodic chart and has a Sulphur atom in the copper molecule that contributes to its malleability and unique coloring qualities.
I favor the hammering of bowls and vessels as well as fabrication of trees, flowers, wall décor, and table setting. There is a constant theme of natural elements in my work. It comes from my 32 years of work in agricultural research with my degree in plant science. All the bowls, vessels, plates, and trays are one piece hammered from a flat piece of material. The metal takes on a life of its own; no two pieces are the same. Each piece is a valuable learning lesson and I find it fascinating to see how you can move the metal. I am working on mastering where I move it to.
Most of the materials have been rescued from the salvage yard with other materials being picked up as scrap from local sheet metal businesses.
I won second place in sculptor category at the Student Art Show at TMCC in 2009 and first place in sculptor in the Student Art Show at TMCC in 2011.
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